Exciting Activities Coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place

McCormick Place is the largest convention center in the nation housing four state-of-the-art buildings, which combined boasts 2.6 million square feet of space. With a constant influx of new and recurring events, it’s no wonder that this colossal exhibit space attracts nearly three million event-goers each year. 

As a result, there’s a wealth of accommodations available, whether you’re a small business on a budget or a large company looking for high-end luxury lodgings. Instead of gambling on the comfort and hospitality of a hotel, choosing to spend the night on a private yacht instead guarantees a level of luxury, privacy, and flexibility you won’t find anywhere else.

Situated just one mile away from McCormick place in Burnham Harbor is Adeline’s Sea Moose—a 68 ft private yacht that comfortably hosts up to six guests for sleep aboards. The vessel offers a modern gallery kitchen stocked with champagne and freshly squeezed orange juice for morning mimosas and sunrise views, a furnished salon, stereo system, and three flat-screen TVs. Adeline’s Sea Moose stays docked at all times so you can come and go as you please and enjoy the surrounding activities near McCormick Place. 

Read on to find out more about some exciting 2019 activities coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place!

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (Mar 22nd-24th)

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo—also affectionately dubbed C2E2—is the Windy City’s yearly hub for comics, cosplay, and pop culture. It also happens to be the largest convention of its kind in the Midwest and espouses all things nerdy. 

If you’re in town and looking for things to do near McCormick Place, you need not travel far! Whether you’re into games, comics, anime, popular TV shows, movies, books, wrestling, or pretty much anything, there’s something for everyone at this massive expo. 

Alicia Silverstone, Donald Faison, Ralph Macchio, and Carolina Ravassa are just a few of the entertainment guests. C2E2 will also feature literary authors, comic book artists, unique exhibitors, screening rooms, panels, cosplay contests and so much more.

HOW Design Live (May 7th-10th)

Creative professionals come together at HOW Design Live to learn about upcoming trends in design and technology, connect with their peers, and get inspired by a series of hosts and events that work to fuel creativity and develop skills. 

Founded in 1985 as a print magazine, this massive convention at McCormick Place Chicago embraces the world of design with up to 100 sessions and keynotes, workshops, and product demos curated to improve business workflow, boost sales growth, and improve marketing skills of companies.

ComplexCon (Jul 20th-21st)

Dive into modern youth culture at this year’s ComplexCon—a groundbreaking exhibition and festival that embraces music, art, streetwear, fashion, pop culture, innovation, and activism. The minds behind this uniquely curated convention are Cultural Director Pharell Williams and world-renown artist Takashi Murakami.

This year’s “cultural Superbowl” will place an emphasis on the themes of individual enlightenment and empowerment, and will feature performances from Future, T-Pain, World’s Fair, and other artists. A few speakers include Nas, Lena Waithe, Sean Evans, Trick Daddy. 

If you’re worn out from conventions and looking for more fun things to do near McCormick Place, enjoy a blissful 3-hour scenic tour down the Chicago River with Adeline’s Sea Moose!